Critique Stoke Gundog Jan 2019


27TH January 2019

Irish Setter Puppy(3,2ab) 1st- Blackshore-Lanstara Ruby Slippers Pretty bitch in very good coat and condition, ha ha lovely to see a baby irish behaving like they should full of mischievousness, very pleasing to go over, nothing overdone here, neat feet, stood on lovely straight strong timbers, strong in body yet keeping that refined look and elegance of an irish, darkest of eyes , moved ok but needs time to settle into herself. BPIB Junior(3,1ab) 13month old boy, with the darkest of coats, smart and clean in outline, with a real look at me attitude, good reach of neck, good lay of shoulder, flows from top to tail, neat feet really excels on the move with good drive, clean and purposeful foot fall ,straight and together for one so young. RBOB 2ND Sharman & Jennings- Kerrimere Red Ribbon 16 month bitch, pretty headpiece, enough work but keeping that feminine look, in good condition, flows from head to toe, a delight to go over, well made body properties with nothing exaggerated, today in this class she was so unsettled, it really put her off standing and moving, only with a good handler as she did have she managed to settle enough for the next class and to win it, well done for being so kind and patient to her , your hard work paid off. Graduate(2) 1st-Sharman & Jennings- Kerrimere Red Ribbon 2nd-Fitzmaurice-Harreds Trooper Nice type, dripping in coat, when stood correctly shows a promising boy, when you go over him he is well made, nothing over exaggerated, nice head masculine yet refined, he was a little unsettled today a few were, the hall was quite noisy and echoes making dogs a little anxious, moved soundly once settled. Postgraduate(5,2ab) 1st-Byard, Milligan-Bott,Bott & Lauwers- Oakdene Phenomenal with Thendara Spectacular looking boy from all angles, full of quality and at one with his sympathetic handler, an exquisite headpiece with just enough of everything making a superb headed dog, flows from his head down his neck into well laid shoulders, moved very sound with plenty of drive, if I’m being just ever so slightly picky I would love to see him stand a little less stretched out behind as it sometimes makes him look a little dippy in his top line and he most definitely isn’t that, he holds his top line so well on his own and on the move ,this isn’t me being negative quite the opposite I think this boy can go all the way, beautiful. BOB 2nd- Horrocks- Wyldfire Declan for Ittchenwych I have done this boy well before, my findings are much the same once again, masculine head without coarseness, still standing on quality bone, good depth of body, neat feet, good bend of stifle, last time I found him a little heavy in the weight department, today I didn’t but he really wasn’t happy going off on the move with a stand-in handler, he just looked like ‘NO’, and that’s dogs for you, we ask a lot of them and sometimes they just don’t want to do it, today looked like one of those days, hopefully he will be happier next time. 3RD-Gilks- Danwish The Lion King At Gochmawr. Open(2,1ab) 1ST –Cohen-Aoibheanne’s Rough Diamond with Shushana 4 half year old male, well-constructed boy, have always liked this boy, still do, he possesses the most lovely headpiece, slight movement in his coat giving him a ‘typy’ look that appeals to me, strong top line, plenty of depth and spring to rib but!!!! He looked like he didn’t want to be there today, he lacked any kind of drive, of which I have seen him with plenty, he wasn’t the only one, I can only put it down to the atmosphere maybe? Would have been a strong contender for top honours on a different day .

Judge: Rebecca Danks-Kemish